These 5 healthy on-the-go snacks are the perfect small bites to hold you over until your next meal. They’re packed with an ideal combination of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates to keep you satiated. Most can be stashed in your purse or desk drawer at work—just grab one when hunger strikes!
Hi there! Hope your morning is off to a smooth start. How is it already Wednesday? Maybe it’s just because we have still been unpacking, decorating, and then assembling our new patio furniture (!!), but this week is flying. I’m certainly not complaining. Today’s agenda includes a full day of work at my day job and then hopefully finishing up the rest of the cleaning at our old apartment later tonight (aka the worst part of moving!). I’d much rather kick up my feet and relax on our new little deck.
Maybe it’s just because I’ve been doing so much lifting and scrubbing, but I’ve been absolutely starving lately. The nagging, insatiable kind of hunger that persists no matter how much I eat. The worst. And that’s where snacks come in. True life: I devote an entire drawer of my desk at work to snacks. I’m fairly certain my coworkers must think I’m crazy because I am almost always nibbling on something. Or else someone comes by my desk to ask me a question and I’m mid-bite…again. Oops.
So many of my eats are on-the-go snacks between work, my drive to and from said job, on the way to my Pure Barre classes, and in between running errands. If you’re anything like me, I bet you do the same, too. Which brings me to today’s post: 5 healthy on-the-go snacks you can eat at work (or wherever you are).
But first, let me explain what I look for in on-the-go snacks (I feel like I’m on a dating website). In a perfect world, my snack criteria looks something like this:
- High in protein (Protein-packed snacks are my #1 goal! I shoot for at least 6 grams of protein but the more, the better)
- Low in sugar (ideally, 5 grams or less but a little more is okay, especially if it occurs naturally)
- Minimally processed (meaning it can be found in nature, like nuts or a piece of fruit rather than chips)
- Healthy fats (healthy fats are awesome for your health and fat keeps you full!)
- Complex carbohydrates (I opt for whole grains, brown rice, or gluten-free whenever I can. Your body digests these items a lot more slowly than simple carbohydrates like white bread, keeping you fuller longer. See a theme here?)
That sounds like a mouthful and maybe even a little intimidating – but I promise it’s not! Your snacks don’t really need to attain all of these factors at once. Just use them as a loose guide, choose one or two, and you’ll be on your way to healthy snack bliss. I would, however, recommend starting out with protein-packed snacks: we have a love affair because they are satisfying, keep me full, and are all-around nutritious. Plus, most of us don’t eat enough of it.
So, what snacks make the cut in my own personal snack drawer (and corner of the work refrigerator)? These 5 healthy on-the-go snacks all do!
5 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks
Trader Joe’s Nothing But Fruit & Nuts
Woah, has anyone else tried these yet? These are small, round disks of fruit and nuts blended together (nothing else!). They’re soft and chewy in texture and are available in 3 flavors. So far I’ve tried the Apricot & Almond and Date, Hazelnut & Cacao, and both were delicious. Highly recommend! These are my newest obsession.
Hard Boiled Eggs + Seasoning
This is an easy one: hard boil a batch of eggs at the beginning of the week or pick up a bag of pre-cooked ones at the grocery store. Slice in half and season to make things interesting. Try salt + pepper for a classic taste, chili powder, or a dash of paprika.
Salt + Pepper Pistachios
Many grocery stores sell this gem: salt and pepper seasoned pistachios! They offer the perfect spicy kick, and pistachios are full of a nice balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s (#addict – you can purchase them in store or on Amazon here) but have also purchased them in the past at BJ’s Wholesale and Costco.
I know I’ve mentioned these bars in the past, but I really do love them! They’re made with simple, real ingredients like almonds, dates, and more—in fact, I’d say they’re a contender for cleanest bar out there. Currently in my stash: Mixed Berry and Chocolate Sea Salt. So, so good.
Plantain Chips + Guacamole
I’ve really been loving salty + crunchy plantain chips lately. I swear they taste almost like potato chips but they are really bananas! (#winning) I highly recommend these from Trader Joe’s.
As far as the guacamole goes, keep an avocado handy at work, then mash and add a little salt and pepper for a makeshift dip. I know it sounds just a little weird to essentially eat bananas with avocados, but I promise it works and you will barely be able to tell you aren’t eating real chips.
There you have it, friends. These are the 5 healthy on-the-go snacks I like to keep on hand at work or home for whenever the craving strikes. The only downside: I might need a padlock on my desk drawer for a few of these — they’re GOOD ones!